Donald Trump may have been the most unfavorable candidate to run for president in modern history, but his election to the office proved his critics wrong. Now, a new survey shows that President-elect Trump’s favorability is on the rise.
According to Gallup, Trump’s favorability for the week leading up to the election (November 1-6) was 34 percent. In the days immediately following the election, (November 9-13), Trump is polling at 42 percent favorability.
Furthermore, Trump’s favorability is on par with his March 2011 rating of 43 percent, but still off from his late 2005 rating of 50 percent. Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice” was one of the most popular TV shows in 2005.
Broken down along party lines, Trump gained 11 percentage points of approval between the November 1-6 survey and the November 9-13 survey among Republicans. His numbers with them jumped from 71 percent approval to 82 percent. Among Democrats during the same period, Trump gained five percentage points approval — five percent to 10 percent.
How, Matt McDermott, a senior analyst and pollster with Whitman Insight Strategies, puts Trump’s post-election bump in perspective.
“Gallup finds Trump has the worst favorability of any president-elect in modern American history,” he tweeted on November 17, reports Salon.
With less than half of the country favoring the president-elect, Trump will face considerable opposition in uniting the country.
“Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division, have to get together,” Trump said in his Election Night victory speech, notes the Associated Press. “To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all of Americans, and this is so important to me.”
Sources: Gallup, Salon, AP via Cleveland.com / Photo Credit: Donald Trump/Instagram